February 22 - May 1, 1998
Aquarius Records is pleased to announce the premier photography
exhibit of 1998, featuring Chicago music photographer Marty Perez. This
retrospective of Perez's work entitled Live R Than You'll Ever Be will span
his career from the Seventies through the Nineties.
Born and raised in Chicago, Perez moved to Seattle to enjoy the
pre-Grunge music scene and begin his work photographing the likes of the
nascent Fastbacks and the Young Fresh Fellows. He also did some work for
the then emerging Seattle Rocket. A move to New Orleans enabled him to
witness first hand the eighties independent DIY drive that got a lot of
people to where they are today, the SST van tours, early Replacements
hootenannies,a Panther Burns "reunion" show with Alex Chilton (in a church
rec hall), and some dB's hosted Mardi Gras "balls". Returning to his native
Chicago in time to enjoy the birth of the developing scene including
Eleventh Dream Day, Red Red Meat, Liz Phair, just to mention a few. His
commercial career really took off with work being published in ROLLING
STONE, SPIN, MAGNET, and THE CHICAGO READER. He also began photographing
for both major and indie labels.
What got him started in his career? Marty says it best:
"For me; it was Thin Lizzy and Queen at the Chicago Stadium. The
thrill of trying to get from row UU, to as close to the stage as possible.
Fill the frame with someone/something interesting and make some exposures.
All before; being asked or chased back to your seat by the Andy
Frains...(ushers). Some years, many miles, and instead of Andy Frains
asking; you're being yelled at and shoved out of the way by SECURITY. That
first thrill still burns, albeit; tempered by time, knowledge, and a
reality of keeping a passion; and a profession."
His images in this show include a cross section of his dynamic live
work as well as his relaxed intimate portraits of musicians.
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Simeon Coxe/Silver Apples
Young Fresh Fellows
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